Former Motocross and Supercross star Andrew Short has joined the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally team.
Turning a new page in his illustrious career, Short is set to pilot Husqvarna‰Ûªs FR 450 Rally machine throughout the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
One of the most acclaimed riders in the recent history of US competition, Short wrapped up his 16-year-long career as a professional motocross and supercross racer with a total of nine wins and 49 podium results. A force to be reckoned with throughout his career, the Colorado native has finished among the top three in the AMA Pro Motocross championship no fewer than five times.
Heavily involved with the off-road motorcycle industry in many ways, Andrew possesses a wealth of experience as an official test and development rider ‰ÛÒ an activity that the American focused on after announcing his retirement from professional motocross competition at the end of the 2016 season. Since then Short has also been a spokesperson and mentor for the younger generation of motocross racers.
Never ceasing his active involvement with off-road riding, Andrew took the decision to switch to rally racing having taken part at this year‰Ûªs Sonora Rally, round one of the 2017 Dakar Challenge. Enjoying an impressive first outing the highly-experienced racer wrapped up the four-stage-long event by claiming third overall in Mexico.
"I‰Ûªm really excited to be part of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna," Short said. "It‰Ûªs an awesome opportunity to take a new step forward in my career as a racer. Rally racing is something I‰Ûªve always been interested in. I love riding and racing and to me it seems like rally is the ultimate adventure you can have on a dirt bike.
"After retiring as a pro motocross racer at the end of 2016 I started riding my bike in the mountains of Colorado and fell in love with it," Short went on to explaine. "I took some navigation training lessons and then had a blast at the Sonora Rally. The biggest challenge for me now is to get some more experience and improve my skills in navigation and that‰Ûªs exactly what I‰Ûªll be focusing on this week in Morocco.‰Û